Ranked #126
Bakuman. (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Bakuman。
Japanese: BAKUMAN。 バクマン。


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 176
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 8, 2008 to Apr 23, 2012
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.531 (scored by 34837 users)
Ranked: #1262
Popularity: #12
Members: 58,833
Favorites: 6,548
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.

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comedy shounen slice of life


Bakuman follows the story of high school student Moritaka Mashiro, a talented artist who does not know what he wants to do with his future. One day, Mashiro draws a picture of Miho Azuki, a girl he is secretly fond of, during class but forgets the notebook at school. He comes back to find that his classmate Akito Takagi is waiting for him with his notebook. Takagi tries to convince Mashiro to become a mangaka, a manga artist, with him, leading to Mashiro's disagreement. Mashiro goes home and thinks about his mangaka uncle, who had only one successful series before he died in obscurity. Mashiro is interrupted by a phone call from Takagi, who says that he is going to tell Azuki that Mashiro likes her. Mashiro runs down to Azuki's house to find Takagi waiting for him. Once Azuki comes out to meet them, Takagi tells her that he and Mashiro are aiming to be mangaka. Mashiro then learns that she wants to be a seiyuu, a voice actor, and has shown promise in the field. Mashiro, once again thinking about his uncle, accidentally proposes to Azuki who accepts. However, she will only marry him after they achieve their dreams. In addition, they cannot see each other until then.

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Related Manga

Spin-off: Rakko 11-gou
Adaptation: Bakuman., Bakuman. 2, Bakuman. 3


Mashiro, Moritaka
Takagi, Akito
Aida, Souichi
Aoki, Yuriko
Arai, Takanori
Azuki, Mina
Azuki, Miho

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Apr 19, 2012
Anyone who has ever written a novel, drawn a picture, made a movie will tell you the creative process is fraught with blood, sweat and tears. It requires courage to put your name out there, trusted friends who will give you honest critique and advice, and a relentless dream to see your vision through. Courage, friendship and dreams... so why did it take so long for someone to realize the creative process could easily be turned into a manga for Shounen Jump? No worries, because now we have Bakuman, a manga about writing manga that fits the ticket in spades

Following the story of Moritaka "Saikou" read more
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Jul 9, 2010
Shounen Jump. When we think of the famous boy’s manga company, titles such as “Bleach”, “Naruto” and “Gintama” usually comes to mind. Most of which are of the ‘battle’ genre. Bakuman is no different; but instead of picking up their swords to rush off to battle, Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro are picking up their pens to rush for their deadlines. A story of making your dreams come true, fighting for the one you love and overcoming the many obstacles that stand in your way – all of which that can adhere to your typical shounen title. Only that it is not your typical shounen read more
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Mar 18, 2014
Bakuman is a manga... about manga. And romance. It tells the story of two teens as they aspire to become mangaka in Weekly Shonen Jump.

The plot, for the most part, is a very well-written and well-thought-out one. Ohba manages to keep the story interesting, and I really enjoyed observing all the problems that Mashiro and Takagi encountered and how they overcame them. I imagine that the creators of Bakuman had some of the exact same problems that Mashiro amd Takagi did earlier in their career as well. Some of you may disagree with me on this topic and say that the problems were read more
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Jan 3, 2015
It's all about a professional dream, and there's nothing amateur about how the Obata and Ohba team go about crafting this series either. There is little leeway for Bakuman to cut around the common "It's a manga about manga" description, and that's all right - but that doesn't do justice to a Very Good score of 8, does it?

The premisis of Bakuman is uncommon at least, and unprecedented at best. Two best friends trying to achieve an unrealistic dream despite the very real cost of losing out to the harsh world of propriety and stability? Cliché start. Any otaku could have seen that coming. But read more
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Similar stories, students wanting to be the best at something (Go for Hikaru no Go and Manga for Bakuman). They have rivals that are better than them, though the main characters practice a lot to reach their dream. Even though the stories are about Go and Manga, there is a lot of character drama in each.

Takeshi Obata does the illustrations for both manga series. 
Koimoku is Bakuman with less detail on the manga creation process and more boobs. In spite of being an aggressive loser, the lead quickly finds himself with a harem as busty manga editors battle it out for his talents and inspire him by getting naked/letting him touch their boobies.

My favourite aspect of Koimoku is how a career woman walks around with her tits exposed, acts like a ditz and offers the lead ANYTHING he desires for the puposes of inspiration. The hooker the lead uses for first impressions of his work is realistic, also. 
Both series are about characters that aim to be successful in their respective careers.
You learn about the hardship and problems they go through. Light comedy and romance.
Definitely something you should pick up. 
Both are ealistic stories about fulfilling your dreams. In both cases there are some "tests" that the main characters have to pass and the hardships that occurs that motivates you to start doing something yourself and not to give up. What is more both mangas present high educational value about the field it concerns (Manga-magazine in case of Bakuman and Space-industry in Uchuu Kyoudai). The only thing is that Uchuu Kyoudai is more powerfull. If you liked Bakuman you will certainly love the other one. 
A love story between a girl with a dream related to arts (seiyuu and interpreter) who works hard for that dream and a boy who don't know what to do with his life. At the end he choose to follow the path of the thing he likes the most, that is related to manga industry (mangaka and editor). In Koganeiro even Bakuman is mentioned. 
Both series have a similiar premise, an unlikely duo collaborate to start a manga..And they encounter obstacles in their love lifes, and in their way to becoming mangakas.  

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